Confessions of a Community College Administrator

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 14, 2012 - Education - 176 pages
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Written by Matthew Reed, the formerly anonymous author of InsideHigher Ed's most popular blog, Confessions of a Community CollegeDean, this book offers keen insights, a frank discussion, andsuggested solutions for the many issues that are unique tocommunity college administration.

In Confessions of a Community College Administrator Reeddescribes the current landscape of community college leadership andaddresses some of the fundamental questions that face communitycolleges. Who does a community college actually serve? How doadministrators really make budget decisions? Where do the roots ofthe "permanent crisis" in higher education lie? How are full-timeand adjunct faculty best balanced?

Throughout the book, Reed offers guidance and encouragement forthe next generation of community college leaders. He examines a setof proposed solutions from outside academia, then turns to othersolutions emerging from inside the community college world thatalso show potential for success.

Confessions of a Community College Administrator is filled withrealistic, and ultimately hopeful, advice on how to step back fromthe day-to-day administrative struggles and gain some perspectiveon the larger picture. Reed offers administrators useful andproductive directions for constructive change.

 

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Contents

About the Author
Herding Cats Managing Creative People
The Community College Landscape
Funding Where the Money Comes From Where It Goesand Why Theres Never Enough Operating Budgets
Regular Challenges oftheDeans
Saving Community Colleges A Proposals Few Modest
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About the author (2012)

Matthew Reed is the author of the popular blogConfessions of a Community College Dean for Inside Higher Ed. He isvice president for academic affairs at Holyoke Community Collegeand has been a full-time and adjunct faculty member, associatedean, and dean at for-profit and community colleges. He lives inMassachusetts with his wife and two young children.

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